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Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N6332D: Accident occurred March 19, 2022 at Talkeetna Airport (PATK), Alaska

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Blue River Aviation LLC

Location: Talkeetna, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC22LA024
Date and Time: March 19, 2022, 19:35 Local
Registration: N6332D
Aircraft: Cessna 172N 
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 19, 2022, about 1935 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 172N airplane, N6332D sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident at the Talkeetna Airport (TKA), Talkeetna, Alaska. The pilot and three passengers were uninjured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. 

The pilot reported that, they had departed from the Warren “Bud” Woods Palmer Municipal Airport (PAQ) and landed at TKA to have dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner, they conducted a preflight inspection and before takeoff checks before departing for their return flight to PAQ. After departure and about 200 ft above ground level (AGL) the engine lost power. The pilot made an emergency landing to a snow-covered field. Upon touchdown, the nosewheel separated and the airplane nosed over sustaining substantial damage to the wings, and vertical stabilizer.

The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming O-320 engine. A detailed engine examination is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6332D
Model/Series: 172N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PATK, 350 ft msl 
Observation Time: 07:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C /-6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4800 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 6500 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.43 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Talkeetna, AK 
Destination: Palmer, AK (PAQ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 62.315222,-150.09988

Aircraft lost engine after takeoff, landed, slid into snow berm and flipped over.

Date: 20-MAR-22
Time: 03:35:00Z
Regis#: N6332D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

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